Citing Apple executives, a report by The Economic Times claimed that the Mumbai store will have an area over 22,000 square feet and will be situated in Reliance Industries’ premium Jio World Drive mall. The executives reportedly said that the store will be a retail landmark, similar to Apple’s outlets in Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Milan and Singapore.
Second store in Delhi
After several delays, two industry executives aware of the company’s plans said Apple will open the second company-owned store in New Delhi.
The Delhi store will be opened in Select Citywalk mall in Saket and will be spread over 10,000 square feet. One of the executives said that the Delhi store “is also lined up for launch in April-June, possibly just a few days after the Mumbai opening.”
“Fitouts are completed for both the stores. In fact, the fitout was completed for the Delhi store ahead of the Mumbai one,” the person said.
“But since Mumbai will be the flagship Apple Store in India, it will open first next month. The Delhi one will open soon after,” the industry executive added.
Apple Store inauguration
Apple is reported to fix the opening date of the flagship store based on the availability of global executives. The report cited one of the executives as saying that Apple senior vice-president of retail and people Deirdre O’Brien is likely to be there for the launch.
However, there is no confirmation whether Cook will also visit India. The company is currently undertaking a trial run of operations in the stores, the executives said.
Last month, Cook told analysts that India is a “hugely exciting market” and a “major focus,” adding, “We brought the online store there in 2020. We will soon bring Apple retail there.”